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NorthShore Named 100 Top Hospitals

NorthShore Named to the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® list for a Record 19th Time

3/5/2018 - NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has been named to the 2018 IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® list, the only hospital in the U.S. to achieve this honor 19 times during the award’s 25-year history, and is also listed among the top 15 major teaching hospitals in the country. 

IBM Watson HealthTM administers the analysis, formerly called the Truven Health Analytics study, and said it spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. Hospitals and health systems are assessed in 11 areas, including inpatient mortality, complications, readmission rate, average length of stay and patient ratings (the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems score).  

“We are proud to again receive this prestigious national recognition, and to have done so a record 19 times is extraordinary,” said NorthShore President and CEO J.P. Gallagher. “This is a testament to the outstanding work of our physicians and staff, and their dedication to providing exceptional care to our patients and the communities we serve.”  

The study has been conducted annually since 1993. NorthShore was categorized as a Major Teaching Hospital, and was one of 15 such hospitals to make the list. Based on the results of this year’s study, Watson Health extrapolates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:  

  • More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
  • Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days 

“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. These hospitals “have helped raise the bar for healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare experiences of the people in their communities.” 

The winning hospitals were announced in Modern Healthcare magazine, and more information can be found at